Development Manager, Public Affairs

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
  • Government Relations
  • Fundraising / Giving
Contract - Full Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto
Manager (Supervisor of Staff)N/A2019-07-092019-08-08

OPPORTUNITY TYPE: Full-time, 18-month contract

REPORTS TO: Development Director


The Development Manager of Public Affairs is responsible for pursuing public sector and related funding opportunities that strategically benefit the organization. They are responsible for developing the organization’s Government Relations Strategy, and ensuring its successful implementation through researching and sourcing funding opportunities, overseeing the grant applications and cycles, and maintaining positive working relationships with representative stakeholders from all levels of government.

  • Research and identify new funding opportunities;
  • Manage the complete grant cycle process, from writing complex, high quality grant applications, draft budgets and proposals to managing the submission and follow-up, with an aim of raising approximately $1.5 million annually;
  • Lead the team through the complete reporting process, ensuring all reports are completed accurately and in a timely manner;
  • Prepare budgets, track project expenses and liaise with auditors for project audits;
  • Initiate and maintain positive relationships with key partners;
  • Draft and oversee the implementation of Hot Docs’ Government Relations Strategy;
  • Manage grant projects to ensure deliverables and timelines are met;
  • Build relationships, organize outreach and information sharing meetings, and collaborate with government stakeholders and other key representatives;
  • Provide support to an organizational capital campaign in reaching government contribution targets.

This is an 18-month contract with an opportunity for renewal, working from Hot Docs main offices.


  • 5+ years experience working in not-for-profit fundraising, festival or event fundraising or other relevant professional experience; related degrees are an asset;
  • Significant experience in writing successful grants, especially government, proposals;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with complex budgets, and financial reporting;
  • Strong proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Proficiency and experience with Salesforce databases is an asset;
  • Working knowledge of the Canadian film and television industry is an asset;
  • Sound knowledge of fundraising theory and strategies;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Ability to work independently and to respond efficiently to changing workflow needs;
  • Ability to work to tight timelines and in a time-pressured schedule;
  • Adaptable to a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends.


This is a full-time, contract position with competitive benefits, including vacation allowance, and access to Hot Docs’ health and dental benefits.

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